If you’re a parent, you’ve likely lost count of how many times you’ve purchased expensive produce or organic snacks for your kids, only to end up throwing them away at the end of the week completely untouched.
Sarah Hornung knows that pain. The fulltime school administrator, blog writer, and mom of two doesn’t have a ton of spare time but still uses her Sundays to meal and food prep for her family. This time-sacrifice has led to less waste and healthier kids all thanks to a simple prep “hack”.
Sarah has been in the education field for almost a decade and works specifically with students with disabilities. In 2011, she struggled to find a full-time job so she started a blog, The Eager Teacher, to keep herself busy and continue posting about her passion for education.
Eventually, she secured a full-time job, got married, had two kids, and evolved professionally. As her life changed, so did her blog. Now, she has thousands of social media followers who love to see her creative ideas for managing education as well as a family and home.
One thing the busy mama is passionate about is food prepping for herself and her family. This topic had never been the focus of her blogging or social media presence, but she found that every time she “posted [herself] prepping the self-serve snacks on [her] Instagram stories” she “always got a ton of questions about it, lots of parents wanting to know how [she] used it and how it served [her] family”.
So, she decided to share her “secret” to self-serve snacks for her family. Every Sunday, she fills up small containers with ready-to-eat fruits, veggies, yogurt, and other nutritious snacks. She keeps them at eye-level for her kids so they can easily grab them.
The most brilliant part of this is that she refers to these containers as “self-serve” or anytime snacks. That means that the kiddos never have to ask to take something from those containers, they can have as much as they want (any parent of a little kid knows how exhausting those requests for snacks can get!).
Sarah shared the hack across her social media pages and received a ton of feedback and praise. Moms and dads love this idea because it’s so simple, and it’s not an unattainable Pinterest system. It’s inexpensive containers, holding regular food that regular people buy, and makes parents’ lives easier. Brilliant!
We hope Sarah continues to share her family secrets with the world because if they’re all as good as this one, managing a home with little kids is about to get a lot easier!
Check out Sarah’s food prep hack below and share it with anyone who could benefit from it!
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Sunday self-serve is ready for the week. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 After grocery shopping I always wash and prep all of the food that is considered self-serve in our house. Self-serve for my kiddos means help yourself without asking and it’s always an okay snack (any time of day, bedtime snacks, etc.) It also helps me when I’m packing lunches and snacks, or as a side dish when dinner doesn’t include something they will definitely eat or if we have a busy/late night. There’s something about having things truly ready to grab that makes kids eat it. I could leave the baby carrots in a bag or leave the grapes on the stems but they wouldn’t eat it. 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️You can see more of my Sunday meal prep routines in my highlights under Meal Prep 🍎🥒 <PS- For the fruits and veggies I do put covers on the containers so they don’t get gross. #healthykidsfood #healthyfood #healthykids #bentobox #mealprepsunday #mealprep #aldifinds #teachermom #lunchbox #lunchboxideas #sarahhornung
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